Understanding Islam Night Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Night tour for the die-hards who want to understand Islam
  • Introduction to Sufi culture and music
  • Visit Suleymaniye Mosque before the evening prayer.
  • Great dinner at a traditional restaurant
  • Private tours for groups of two to eight people only
  • Local and expert tour guides

Visit an Actual and Ancient Islamic Order

Night tour for the die-hards! Not for the regular tourist! Our Understanding Islam Night Tour is for people with a certain mindset who have flexibility should the conditions at the order change for our visit.

This is not a show designed for tourists. We visit an actual and ancient Islamic order where they perform their spirituality. We are only welcome as visitors who have a deep interest and hopefully an understanding of spirituality in Islam.

This night tour visits the order of Jerrahi in their territory. Jerrahis are a traditional Muslim Sufi order. Their ritual is completely different, and it’s called a zikr. It includes live music, so it’s also a way to understand Islamic culture. The head convention in Karagumruk is very traditional, and the zikr runs every Monday.

Our night tour runs in this order:

  • Meet your private guide at your hotel and transfer to Suleymaniye.
  • Visit Suleymaniye Mosque before evening prayer. It’s a truly mystic atmosphere.
  • Enjoy dinner at a very traditional Turkish Restaurant — vegetarians are well catered.
  • Talk about Islam, orders, and spirituality until the night prayer.
  • Private transfer to Karagumruk, where the order is located
  • Watch the Jerrahi zikr for about one and a half hours in their own territory.
  • Photography or video are not allowed.
  • Men and women sit in separate areas, and there’s a strict dress code.
  • This tour does not run during Ramadan.

There are lots of restrictions involved with this tour, as this is not a touristic occasion. It’s very real, and we promise it is the most interesting event you can see in a Muslim country.

  • Chevron down Included
    • Guiding fee for a professional guide
    • Small-group private tour
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transport between venues
    • Admission to the Islamic order
    • Whirling Dervish ceremony
  • Chevron down Excluded
    • Dinner
  • Chevron down Meeting Point
  • We meet you personally at your hotel. Please do let us know your hotel details so we can organise your pick-up.

  • Chevron down Availability
    • This tour runs on Mondays only (except on Ramadan)
    • Exact hours to be confirmed according to sunset, but expect it to be around 19:00 and 22:00